Coroner: Grambling student accidentally drowned in Lafayette park

Alex Shelton (Source: Grambling State University)
Alex Shelton (Source: Grambling State University)

An autopsy revealed that a 21-year-old woman who was found dead in a Lafayette park died due to an accidental drowning.

The investigation began after Lafayette Police officers located the body of Alexandria Shelton in Girard Park shortly after midnight on Sunday, April 13. Cpl. Paul Mouton said friends of the victim told investigators they last spoke to Shelton around 8:30 p.m. Saturday and she was supposed to meet them but never arrived.

According to reports, the friends called Shelton's phone around 11:30 p.m. and a man answered, claiming to have found the phone in the park. Investigators said the friends then went to the park to get the phone. They added the friends got the phone from two men and found the victim's car.

Mouton said that's when police were called and Shelton's body was later found in a drainage ditch near the pond. He added the two men who found the phone were questioned by police and told detectives exactly where they discovered the phone.

Officials with Grambling State University issued a press release regarding Shelton's death. They noted that she was a senior criminal justice major, who maintained a 3.5 GPA. She was set to graduate on May 9.

"We've just been in shock since we first heard early Sunday that the body of a young woman found in a Lafayette city park was likely one of our own," GSU President Frank G. Pogue, said.

The University will award Shelton's family with her degree. Grief Counselors are available to students by calling the Foster-Johnson Center at (318) 274-3277.

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